Knights sweep Broncos
NORWAY — The Bark-River Harris baseball team was swept by the Norway Knights here Monday.
The opener was taken by the Knights 2-1 and was mainly a defensive game. Both teams were scoreless until the seventh, when each squad racked up one run apiece.
The Knights tacked on a run in the ninth to seal the game.
The Broncos’ Jackson Bower pitched eight innings. He allowed five hits, no walks and one run while striking out five. Aidan Johnson went 2 for 4 with one run and a triple.
Trey Doda earned the win for the Knights over two innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out two. Kody Hendricks pitched seven frames, striking out 10 and allowing four hits and one run.
“It was almost the same exact game we played against them the first time,” BR-H coach Al Botwright said. “It was the same two starting pitchers and almost the same identical score. Defense was outstanding, but they just managed to execute one more than us. You got to give credit to those pitchers. It was a really fun game and one that was well played. Almost every one of our losses has been in situations when we’re still in the game, so hopefully, we’re starting to learn from that.”
The nightcap was much different as Norway mercied the Broncos 12-2.
“We had to move to relief pitchers after the first two innings,” Botwright said. “They scored seven in the third and five more in the fourth. The game got away from us quick. The problem is we had to cycle our pitchers since we have a doubleheader tomorrow. You get to a point where you have to think about the next day’s games and how you’re going to play them. It wasn’t really fair to those guys, but that’s what you have to do to keep them eligible.”
Zach Robinette started for the Broncos (7-6) in the first two innings, holding the Knights scoreless. Bark River then cycled through four other pitchers.
Zac Pellegrini earned the win for the Knights, pitching the whole game.
Bark River hosts North Central today at 4 in a doubleheader.